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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 29, 2016

February 29, 2016


California state legislators propose requiring the state’s OSHA program to adopt health standards for fashion models to combat “enduring physical harm” by industry demands for thinness.

OSHA’s Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health has new members.

Notable proposed fines

$187,000 to a campground in Corinth, NY, for electrical violations that included lockout/tagout and safety training

$144,830 to four Florida contractors for fall protection and ladder violations

$124,740 to a copper wire manufacturer in Sherburne, NY, for several hazards, including amputation risks and falls

$116,900 to an Ohio contractor for fall protection violations in connection with the fatal fall of a roofer at a Cincinnati worksite

$104,000 to a Connecticut steel foundry for failing to protect workers from electrical, chemical, mechanical and fire hazards

$102,900 to a roofing contractor in Massachusetts for violations related to an aerial lift tip-over that killed a worker after a fall

$62,370 to a hazardous waste incineration facility in Ohio for respirator and personal protective equipment violations after an employee was hospitalized for toxic chemical exposure

$43,080 to a New Jersey roofing contractor for fall protection violations stemming from the 25-foot fatal fall of a worker from the roof of a warehouse

Happening this week

Feb. 29 – An informal public stakeholder hearing on a proposed beryllium rule

March 3 – Deadline to register for a public stakeholder meeting discussing OSHA’s draft update to its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines 

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Feb. 29:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
147 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (final rule)
70 Silica (final rule)

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs – part of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget – reviews proposed regulations. The process is required for most rules before they can move forward, and typically takes 90 days.

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